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East Herts Council serves up permission for new Chinese takeaway in Stortford

Dawns Food Stores, London Road, Bishops Stortford. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (7282560)
Dawns Food Stores, London Road, Bishops Stortford. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (7282560)

East Herts Council planners have overruled Bishop’s Stortford town councillors and granted permission for a convenience store to add a Chinese takeaway.

Nasrin Ashraf, of Dawns Food Stores, asked the district council to grant her hot food application to ensure the London Road shop remains a viable business after 40 years serving the community.

She said in a supporting statement: “By diversifying our business and offering a different service in the immediate local area, I hope we are able to serve the local community for many years to come."

The planning application for change of use to enable a counter at the back of the shop divided neighbours.

The town council’s planning and development committee told East Herts permission should be refused because members believed it was the wrong location for a takeaway and feared lack of parking would add to congestion. There were also concerns about odours, rubbish and noise.

Despite those objections, the Chinese takeaway has permission to open seven days a week, from noon to 2pm and from 5pm to 11pm, provided that a flue is installed to deal with fumes and that doors and windows are kept shut to limit noise.

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